Kate is broke and too young and pretty to work (that was thing). She is an orphan with no siblings and only her old nurse Sarah to turn to. Kate starts to think her only hope is to become a dresser or a seamstress. Sarah decides to write to Kate’s aunt (her father’s estranged half-sister Kate has never met). The aunt instantly appears and declares Kate the daughter she never had. Kate’s problems are over, right? She is whisked away to an old mansion and given new gowns and furs. She meets a sweet old uncle and a handsome but moody cousin.
I don’t want to spoil any of the fun by sharing too much. But I will say that this book was such a pleasant surprise. It has all of Heyer’s usual wit without any of her stock characters or plot points. I was not sure how, even nearing the very end, she was going to pull off a happy ending but she managed. For Heyer fans: I felt it was the most similar to The Reluctant Widow so if you like that one you should enjoy this one.